charles: all right, guys, we had a quasi serious conversation. photograph. [laughter] thanks for watching, see you tomorrow night. >> don't wait, call me today. >> lawyers are making money off this man who says he's too injured to work and this woman who says she can' walk. >> we are the good guys. if you fight her. >> you are completely screwed. john: says the trouble. that's our show tonight when. ♪ >> and now john stossel. ♪ [applause] him. john: and eric and a half has too many laws.
is this the federal rules about 175,000 pges with. her now on not so cynical that i think politicians pass ese is to ctrol us. when there were pass someone said this laer is needed him. but the cumulative effect is to strangle life, stifle innovation . for every pound of good and they do tons of on-. i should not call him accretion khnum.
you first. >> most of the laws or regulations are things we now exce. youuys miss cigarette commercials? [applause] john: he said the smokers can't have any. >> we are winning, banning it in homes. john: a dictatorship of the majority. >> a single judge has looked at the issue and says there is no right to smoke. i don't understand why that has anything to do with anything. you had wonderful laws and not to germany, the soviet union. past mild highs of justice's court.
streets and like their little children on? [applause] >> you have all your fancy theories. recently strengthened. >> who may view this hour? >> you have far more power than i do hon i have to persuade that i am right. all he does is recycled. you have not achieved anything. what concrete have you received? >> we would bhere until next week. >> is not in your fire.
john: achievement is passing a regulation. >> i didn't pass those. john: years are it's fair. your lawrofessor. >> require them. >> professors are supposed to be non-partisan. >> file a complaint or shut up. >> don't insult me. >> as anybody agree. john: you require assistance to some people. >> they're learning and biden.
for the first-time they're learning that they can use their legal skills not just a benefit someone with money but serve what they think is the public interest in. they do what they think is in the public interest. we keep winning. >> the public is a phony term. [applause] the only public measure of the hess and in many is in the declaration of independence. and the government is assigned the job of protecting our individual rights saughs. we can do all thistuff and want to do baring stepping on other people. >> but under the declaration we decide what is and the pubc
interest through congress, the courts, the regulatory agency. >> you keep talking about this. >> no one -- john: hang on. your students sued the dark in half. >> wondering the same shirt. john: uses the bars features women more for her cat. >> fox business all of those. john: that these places also women are fuzzier. it takes more time. >> the interesting thing is we get th hair dresser for hillary clinton. john: a share herders is that. he just billy people into forming. of the rise to have to preview
the. >> what value do something. john: ladies night band purse but actually, that's been done in the great majority of states. offering cheaper drinks to women because mostly guys were going. there have a half more women. [applause] >> of the men now cropping. in state after state after state they have ruled that it's illegal. >> the history of government is promis to do given tonight. from the pharaoh's some to the monarchs a, the severe here to help you.
they cause major wars and concentration camps. all o this. we abolished -- the next up is the tyrannical state. the next step from that is a more dictatoal state. >> abolish government? >> restrain it, just like the founding fathers did. john: personal injury lawyers went to court and sue companies that may letters. are we safer? >> the studies show we are. if we don't guess who pays and. john: how did these help? their 41 warnings no one reads them.
forty-one. >> how many people go shopping in the grocery store and read the label. john: thank you. stick around most american support try to show the folly of our instinctive reaction. when there's a problem, people think the new law will solve the problem honda. one group of people, those of the pechora open on manage a business. you discover and includes rules the can to achieve. >> i cannot physically complying john: it runs a flower shop. he was just sued.
dahna and -- >> o would agree with him. didn't be. >> if he knows so much in what do you join me, get that of the average salary and. go before legislature, according one. make your arguments in him and he of people who are in a position to jue the and act upon them while will adopt a position. c'mon down endless battle it out john: hostage to giving my opinion nearl. one of them is thathis law is just almos impossible who follow. sinks and no higher than 34 inches. the bottom no lower than 34. kinnucan pay attention of this?
de. >> of 2400 points in the average small business and then need to be corrected. john: 2401. >> over 100 measurements and restaurants have to be correct very few deal with many of the small struggling businesses -- if they can get information about the standards the need to meet, i guess it's challenging. in many cases these people would just getting by and these lawsuits are closing. >> again, i would agree. these cases involve a one-way fee structure. if the plaintiff wins they get the fees. if the defendant lens adulthood. we've seen all kinds of abuse. the lawyers to american do anything we want because it jumps up the hours. >>rivolous lawsuit.
john: and almost never happens. he lawyers and judges don't want to punish ch other. >> wire you same plaintiffs do better? john: they both make out in the business loses. >> how would you enforce the laws? what is a miracle solution? john: district --isabled people a good customers. >> you know that's wrong. if the free enterprise system works so well we would need the ada hidden. that kind of thing that when everyone else supports it may e want to rethink your position. john: thank you. stick around. more later. coming up, fraud caught on tape. this man said his fingers were crushed and he was 200 work. here he is working. also. stupid warning labels. never see this?
♪ >> did not actually produce anything themselves. they're just trying to essentiallyeverage and hijack somebody else's idea to see if they can extort some money out of them courses has been described by some as the single biggest high-tech innovation in this country. >> what they are talking about our patent troll's. [laughter] john: this topic needs some explanation. that's a you invent something, spend your stamina but the new way to a send x-ray images of the internet. your invention makes something better. makes sense to you be rewarded for its discovery which is why we have patents. they inspire people to invent new things. in the constitution, america's founders explicitly said that the federal government may promote the progress of science by giving investors an exclusive right to their discoveries.
great. but even good rules get abused by lawyers. lawyers like patents troll rob burma. one company tha he helped start manage to get ahold of a patent on sending any medical image of the internet. the u.s. atent office gives them out liberally. his firm then sued medical imaging companies. the result, an mit study concluded that after the companies were sued innovations stops completely. they stopped inventing things. you kill innovation. >> actually, i think we do just the oppote. i think we give people incentive to innovate. a l of invention still come from garages and basements and people that put time and effort into inventing something. we assist those people in asserting their patents. in essence we are giving them the same ability that the big companies have when they patton something. john: how many of these have you filed?
>> my current cpany -- john: both your old and new. john: and these people actually invented something unique? did not discover fund stuff that was at the office? >> we look at them carefully. we only take on patents that we think a legitimate. and where there is significant infringement going on. john: big companies are just stealing ideas from little people? >> sometimes. history is filled with them. in today's economy is very difficult for a small compa to bring a product to market. apple, if it were to start today, could not bring their products to market. what they're forced to do is partner with somebody who has manufacturing and distribution. when a sma company partners with a big cny, it's a very uneven relationship, and the small company usually gets screwed. patton said the great equalizer. they give us the abity to fight back, and that's a were doing.
john: well, your current company has sued microsoft. your private company -- previous company sued ibm, walmart, office depot, capital one, all these companies are just east? >> well, a couple of things. first, some of these intentionally steel, but not all of them. they can, befor they introduce a product, research to see what plans they might beeinfringing on. they choose not to. instead they choose to, in essence, but there had in the sand. that's fine, but then they can't complain whe the patent that they are infringing on or the patent owners come after them. john: what do you think of this phrase patents trop? >> no, certainly i have been called worse. [laughter] john: which are you? >> what i am as a capitalist that makes money for inventors like t these people and adds vae for shareholders.
john: obama and all of the critics are just wrong about associating you with -- >> what is wrong is with a broad brush putting everybody in the same category. i'm not making excuses for those companies that bring lawsuits just for the sake of litigating. pay me because it's cheaper than litigating. i think that's wrong, and we don't engage in that type of activity. john: iook at this chart. it just goes up and up. you collectively trolled. you sued amazon for selling a touch screen. responding when a user writes on it. >> first of all -- john: you on that? you invented the touch screen? >> i didn't. in that instance we acquired the rights from an inventor. let's say an inventor develops the touch screen. let's say they go the amazon. amazon says, you're a small and ventura. zero eight. maybe they even showed the
touchscreen to amazon. maybe, just maybe amazon said d'amato, were not interested in it a then may two years later it came out and a product because a lot of patents are just garbage. the patent office does a terrific job with the resources that they have. of 50 got a patent data new message. side by side motion by pulling alternately on one chain and the other. his dad was a patent attorney. he filed this is a jok but the government approved it as a real patent. >> thehe problem is, they can always hire t best and brightest. they are the gatekeepers. if we had a better qualified person at the patent offic that would benefit everybody in the system. john: we will solve this year. thank you for taking my abuse. coming up, our studio audience
♪ >> have you been injured on the job? >> stop worrying and call us. >> isust that easy. >> collected over one-third of a billion dollars for injured people. >> injured worker. john: lawyers like those gs up you get money if you cannot work or injured. of course if you really are injured we want you helped, if you're really injured. with all tse workers compensation lawyers chasing money, and they must make a lot because they buy all those television ads, i wonder, were the people really injured or do they exaggerates just to get money? , at least a quarter of then
she'd, says paul "bear. insurance companies hire him to secretly videotape people who file claims, people like this truck driver who said he hurt his back to work and is now too injured to work. he cannot even do i do -- do light duty. >> we ew that this guy would active. there were someeads that he might be hanging out with some relatives. before we know what he's in the water swimming, talking, conversing and then decides to climb up to the top of the slides as you can see and jumps off with no sign of disability whatsoever. and the key here is this guy has a neck and back injury that is basically preventing him from being able to work everyday. to me that is quite contradictory to someone who can sit at an office and work on a computer. john: insurance companies don't hire you to check out everybody
come only when there is suspicious. >> we see folks that are answering their telephone and say, well, i'm always at home, but every time they answer the phone your background noise. it might seem like they're some are else. john: when the videotape you find fraud how often? >> 81%. john: 81%? >> some form of fraud. john: this cost america hundred billn, about 9 billion for family. >> direct. john: this happens because? people accept this. as a big company perry they can afford it. mbers of report them. >> it is an entitlement issue. the problem is all of us are footing the bill for that every single year. ultimately it will be passed on through goods and services, clothing, everything that goes up in terms of price. you will see an increase as to what you're spending of the register. john: let's look at some of your other cases. this woman says she cannot even said at a desk because she has
so much like pain, pain shoots up. the company said, we have standup workstations and she said, i can stand either. this video shows arealking around and getting io an argument with her were friend. >> you can see tt she takes the leg braces off and attempts to utilize it as a weapon to hit this guy. [laughter] john: and these people are all still collecting money? these cases are pending. >> us why we but the face. john: another case. a man said he was injured, had a crush figure and could not crippen to wte or even do sedentary work. you caught him working at another job. >> was indicating that he could not crippen to do his day-to-day workf the office. as you can see, he's picking up broom handles, cleansing, really not showing any fm of disability or certainly something that would disable him for showing up to work every day john: does your investigator then jump out of the book and say we caught you?
ur job is to stay concealed. the last thing we want to do is have someone shoot at us. these folks are banking on these claims. john: here is another case. a person said he felt a pop in his neck travel down to is arm and shoulder. you found them. he can't work. he is in a jam. >> investigator followed him. this guy shows up in jeans and a tank top and begins to work out. the investigator, as you can see, the right hand side of the screen, pedaling his heart out to try to attempt to look lik he is working now while he is videotaping this guy and very close quarters. john: one final example. a woman said after a car accident she had vertigo, was busy. sheeally was suffering. you fall letter to an amument park where she got on the ride called the slingshot. >> correct. this is a chair where people will strap been on a seat belt and get lost about 200 feet into the air. i don't know that i wouldn't be
quite busy if i had come off of that. john: simply catching them on video often is not enough to win the case? >> no. attorneys have what is called a good daybed a theory. these folks will say, hey, johnny w injured, but you guys got him, you know, and a day that he elt great. the other two days after that he was laid up i a rocking chair and could not move. john: you have to shoot them several times. >> multiple times untypically we try to go a week apart just to show a span over a month or this person has been capable of perfming the duties. jojohn: i would think that the w technology would help you. cameras have been easier and smaller. >> technology is our best friend. we're able to put cameras and things they you could not possly imagine. i've got one in hon of john. we have -- there is a wireless transmitter hidden inside. it is amazing what you can put these things and. we also brought what appears to
be a regular b&w key, but inside there is a small pinho camera john: think about that next time you want to cheat workers' compensation. thank you. up next, this extension cord has a warning. wash hands after handling. why is that necessary? you get to ard a thousand dollars to this year's stupidest warning label next. ♪
themselves from lawsuits by smearing warning labels on their products. they better because lawyers often cite a lack of low warning could have prevented this century. the rest is the company's but dubious things on leaders -- labels. the wacky warning label contest. use of medco one floated the dumbest and you when a thousand dollars. second place its $500. after reviewing hundreds of entries he narrowed the submissions to his five favorites. he agrees to let you take the stupidest. you don't get the thousand dollars. what a your five finalists? >> anti fog glass cleaner. net for contact lenses or direct use in i. this is a rubber or arms. it says warning, not for human
consumption. john: people use them to fish with. >> right. john: it is plastic. you would not consummate. >> but if it is out there they could be sued. next, we have a speedometer. this is great. the maker put this in their boxes to encourage kids to get an exercise. the warning label amongst many says not responsible for illness or injury incurred while using this. so somebody is out walking in step and a whole, you can sue them. john: this is made by kellogg. we contacted them. why they have the test to do this? that did not tell us back. >> everyone uses these around the house. white or bro extension cord. warning. wash hands after handling. well, who washes their hands after putting in an extension cord? john: the call the company and cannot find anyone who spoke
english. we don't know. [laughter] finally. >> a box of matches. the warning label says, mocks -- combustion results and carbon monoxide known to cause reproductive harm. john: the problem is if you don't read the labels in this once you ought to. >> we have warning labels overload. john: thank you. when we return you get to vote and picked the thousand dollar winner. this yr's whacky is warning. ♪
♪ [applause] john: your turn. two ways that you get to ask questions. some of my guests. first, who wins that thousand dollars for submitting the stupidest warning label? his top five. the winner.ll let the studio so which is the stupidest? as you to raise your hand as we go through this. first, the glass cleaner tha says, not for contact lenses or directing your i? all right. a bunch of you voted for that.
that sprises me actually. >> artificial heart disease debate for fishing, warning, not for human consumption. john: you're on that one. the extension cord. wash hands after haadling. all right. in the running for the thousand dollars. >> a pedometer says the company is now responsible for illness or injury incurrd while using the step counter. john: one, two, three, four, five, six. okay. lastly, the matches, combustion results and carbon monoxide known to cause cancer, birth defects to my reproductive harm. [laughter] six. we have five year. so, i think the winner clearly is the extension cord.
[applause] of thousand dollars. and the $500 winner, my off- green vote counters say it is the glass cleaner. that came from melanie champagne in referee, north carolina. third place. the pedometer. that came from justin smith, albuquerque, new mexic. thank you. if you want to submit somhing for next year's warning label contest, just search bob's organization. that will be there. now, your questions for my guests. bob word john. first from myacebook page. why are there no penalties for filing ridiculs and frivolous suits? daniel spencer says the answer would be the penalty is the loser pays.
why such opposition to loser pays? what is the downside? >> there are penalties for filing frivolous lawsuits. john: there never imposed. >> yes, they are. john: almost never. >> every other country in the world as a loser pay system. all the countries we are competing for up with jobs, europe and asia all have that. they have the ability it sued. john: you should know that they look to us. >> no, they look at us and laugh. john: yes, ma'am. >> you mentioned -- john: before you ask your question now want to point out that you are here in your eyes will student. you are here because he won the second prize in thessay contest for "stossel" in the classroom, that is cool contest where you write about freedom. [applause] sheet one at thousand dollars. >> go ahead.
>> you mentioned many of yr accomplishments. which of the laws instituted are you the most pud of? >> the ban on smoking in the back that we have reduced by almost half in the united states something even the surgeon general's report could not do that. john: you did that? >> yes,. [applause] john: wow. you are next. you are the first place winr. [applause] you are in high-school where? >> st. petersburg, florida. >> go ead. >> my question is, is the trouble really with lawyers or ishe trouble with unnecessary law? >> it is the latter. take my word f it. too many laws that are being made mostly because somebody is dissatisfied with something and thinks that somehow government politicians are magicians who will fix things. it. john: i wrote a book about that.
no, they can't. i highly recommend it. >> the bottom line is you get screweby a large corporation, you better have a lawyer because there is no way you can beat city hall. in more need for a lawyer. john: if y history by a government you do because we have one government, but corporations tend to go out. >> earlier you were saying that banning smoking in homes, how can u do that if homes are kind of like an independent area? [laughter] john: ban them in homes? >> three-fourths of states, court orders for having smoking in homes where a child custody is at issue. twelve states they banned smoking in homes where there are foster children increasingly also in cars. there is no right to smoke in the home. the new york times has reported that every year thousands of children are killed by their
♪ john: the conceit of politicians and lawyers that they think they can manage life through rules, so they keep adding to this pile they don't see that these rules gradually wreck life, tie as in knots, stop innovation. critics of lawsuit abuse focus on the cost of litigation, but the bigger harm is that the fear of lawsuits by itself deprives us of good things that would make our lives better, even save lives. they never get introduced. drug companies invented a vaccine against lyme disease, but they won't sell it because they're scared of lawyers. fearful medical device makers oftn stick to all technologies because trying something new, even if it is better risks a lawsuit.
monsanto developed a substitute for asbestos, a fire resistant installation that would save thousands, but they decided not to sell it. the same reason. a possible lawsuit. imagine a wonderful life saving products we might have today if innovators did not live in a climate of fear. the trouble with lawyers may be an unfair title for this show. they're just hired guns who try to help people manage rules. the problem is mostly the rules and the number of them. people challenge me. e alternative, just let companies cheat people? no. when i started my career as a consumer reporter, i believe that only rules protect us, but it is not true. they give us a false sense of security. the free market does a better job protecting consumers. the market works your competition and reputation. when you move to a new place you choose new doctors are restaurants by checking their
government licse. no, y check consumer reports or ask neighbors and collegues for opinions. u.s. because you know even with all these laws they are still cheating, and they're is a wide range in quality. and companies know that the best way to insure they will make money tomorrow is keeping a good reputation. they work on that. competition and reputation protect us more than any lawsuit. and that is why i am glad that this young man in the audience is wearing one of those t-shirts that play f of the coca-co slogan, in toward capitalism. that's right. we should. because if we keep letting the lawyers make the calls, they won't stop until they take all of our time and all of our money and all of our freedom. so let's repeal most of these laws. let the market worked its magic. that is our show. thank you for watching.
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